The Rangers kicked off a three-game series against the Angels on Monday after taking down the Giants over the weekend. Texas entered in a great spot to keep its winning ways going with recent trade acquisition Max Scherzer on the mound.
Scherzer started the contest on fire, making Los Angeles' first two batters (Mickey Moniak and Shohei Ohtani) strike out swinging. Brandon Drury followed them, and he too struck out, but on a pitch clock violation.
Though he benefited from the call, Scherzer actually wasn't too happy as he walked off of the mound.
The eight-time All-Star looked downright annoyed after the home plate umpire signaled for the strikeout. He threw his arm up and tossed the ball behind him while shaking his head.
This response from Scherzer is absolutely hilarious. Yes, he struck out the side, but it wasn't totally by himself. Drury's call for time eventually caused an automatic strike to be called to end the inning, robbing Scherzer of a chance to catch another Angel swinging.
Honestly, this is the exact kind of reaction we love to see. This just sums up Scherzer's competitive fire on one simple play. He wants to take out his opponents, rather than an invented pitch clock. That kind of killer mentality is exactly why Texas acquired him to boost its World Series hopes.
By all accounts, the Rangers' addition of Scherzer has already been a massive success. The three-time Cy Young winner has gone 2-0 over his first two starts for Texas, allowing just four combined runs. The strikeouts have come in bunches (15 total in two games) as well.
Scherzer appears rejuvenated now that he's away from the disastrous Mets and in a winning environment. He boasts a 2.77 ERA in August so far, and that number could continue to shrink if he keeps getting the best of Los Angeles. As of 8:45 p.m. ET, Scherzer has surrendered just one hit over the first two innings of the contest.
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